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Water Weekly 3: The color of trouble

What were the three biggest California water stories of the past seven days?  Well, the news-heads and policy wonks here at Laer Pearce & Associates have compiled them for you here.  You’ll find the Big Three here every Thursday, or you can follow LPAWater on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and analysis. You can also sign up to receive the Weekly 3 via email here.  This week:

Brown Out

During the campaign, Jerry Brown shed about as much light on his water policy as a … moonbeam.  We thought he’d be OK, but would he be great OK or so-so OK? It’s the latter. Resources Secretary Jerry Meral said yesterday MWD’s hoped-for big tunnel will no longer be the primary focus of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. EPA praised the move. MWD’s been quiet. Enviros have dug in with, “Tunnels, chunnels or any movement of water from or around the Delta are [sic] wrong! They will destroy the Delta …” Where’s the wiggle room in that?

Here’s the SacBee on Meral’s comments.

And from the far left, a response

Red Light

When Judge Oliver Wanger finally noticed what many of us knew all along – that the science behind the Fed’s pump-stopping delta smelt biological opinion (“BO”) stunk like a tackle’s armpit after a three-hour practice- he gave them a year to come back with a BO that justified Delta pumping restrictions, or forget it. Last week, Wanger acknowledged that “Feds” and “fast” rarely occur in the same sentence and gave them two more years. Welcome to Limbo Land.

Here’s the SacBee on Wanger’s ruling.

Green Curtain

We have often thought that environmental protection, like diamond-studded bras, is the stuff of the super-rich.  Who else could afford to spend $3 million to keep their salmon eggs cool? That’s the cost of the half-mile long, 110-foot deep reinforced polypropylene curtain workers are installing at Whiskeytown Lake up by Redding.  It will block warm surface water from reaching the Sacramento River, all because salmon roe like their water as cold as iced Iranian caviar and Krug Clos du Mesnil champagne. (We hope you agree a photo of a $1,355,000 diamond bra is more interesting than one of a plastic curtain.)

Self-Serving Note: LPA would love to work for the San Diego County Water Authority.  Hmmm – maybe it will help if we publicize SDCWA’s upcoming program, “Investing in Reliability.” It’s on May 31 from 5-7 p.  You can RSVP at 858/522-6712 and see the flier here.

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3 Responses to “Water Weekly 3: The color of trouble”

  1. May 13th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Jerry (not Meral) says:

    You seem to be having a hard time with simple facts. Recently you confused NRDC with the Sierra Club. Now you’ve just promoted Jerry Meral to the post of Secretary of the Resources Agency.

    Those kind of obvious mistakes confirm what your writings on water policy generally suggest: that you are either not very well informed or have some kind of underhanded agenda. Which is it?

    Jerry Cadagan

  2. May 13th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    LP&A says:

    Neither and it’s odd that you would attempt to draw such a fallacious conclusion from a simple error. All you can rightly conclude from the error is that I need, but don’t have, an editor. For the record, Jerry Meral is DEPUTY Secretary of the California Resources agency – which makes Jerry Cadagan’s position a bit over-wrought, don’t you think?

  3. May 13th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Jerry (not Meral) says:

    I know that Jerry M is DEPUTY Secretary and not the Secretary and don’t need an editor to make the distinction.

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